Originally conceived as the soundtrack for a video sculpture piece, Blurp! is a collage of strange vocalizations, recorded individually and then mixed together by Peg Ahrens in 1974. The sounds, all made by the human voice, vary from abrupt syllables, to humming, guttural sounds, and Daffy Duck like voices. The following is from a review of the work written by Beth Anderson and which appeared in a 1974 edition of "EAR": Peg Ahrens has a new piece called BLURP!!!, and she says it is,... Topics: Text-sound compositions, Music, Vocalises, KPFA-FM
A text-sound composition by a master of the genre, Charles Amirkhanian. This work was realized at the KPFA studios on June 29, 1971 and had its broadcast premiere the next day on Amirkhanian’s regular Ode To Gravity program. Taking four words as its base this work slowly evolves as distorted or electronically manipulated recitations are layered upon each other. Topics: Music, Text-sound compositions, Sound Poetry
Two text-sound compositions by the Sten Hanson. The first work “Revolution” includes electronic sounds with processed speech that combine to form a call for immediate action. Phrases such as “I’m calling you,” “you can hear me,” “do something,” and “very soon now” are repeated while also being subjected to various forms of tape manipulation, before culminating in the abrupt warning “you’ll be dead.” The second work “Western Europe” appears to be a satirical view... Topics: KPFA-FM, Music, Sound Poetry, Text-sound compositions, Sten Hanson
The The 12th International Sound Poetry Festival was held at the Washington Square Church in New York City in April 1980. Organized by Charlie Morrow and Sten Hanson, the Festival included performances by such well known composers and poets as Jerome Rothenberg, Adriano Spatola, Charles Amirkhanian, Beth Anderson, Bernard Heidsieck, John Giorno, and Jackson Mac Low. In this program you will hear selections from the Festival, that range from traditional modern poetry, performance poetry,... Topics: KPFA-FM, Spoken Word, Sound Poetry, Text-sound compositions
This work is one in a series of word-tape compositions by Charles Amirkhanian. It was premiered at the Hansen-Fuller Gallery in San Francisco on March 26, 1971, during an evening of sound poetry that also featured works by Liam O’Gallagher, Anthony Gnazzo, John Payne, Clark Coolidge, and others. While fairly basic in it elements, consisting of just a few words recited in seemingly random fashion by a number of different speakers, the piece obtains its beauty and complexity from the layered... Topics: Sound poetry, Music, Text-sound compositions, KPFA-FM
One in a series of programs produced by Clark Coolidge that feature the works of late 20th century poets, sound poets, and authors. In this recording, first broadcast on November 10, 1969 Coolidge presents a selection of his own tape-word compositions. These range from very simple works in which he repeats a number of words in seemingly random patterns, to more complex works utilizing multiple readers or multi-tracking. The simpler works feature just a few different words that often share a... Topics: KPFA-FM, Words series, Text-sound compositions, Sound poetry, Poetry, Spoken Word
An electro-acoustic, text-sound, realization by Terry Goodman and Edward Hammond, using as its core material a recording of a press conference held by KPFK General Manager Will Lewis in response to a search of KPFK by the Los Angeles Police Department, in October of 1974. This nearly 8 minute composition includes electronic sounds and ambient recordings, probably of whale songs, mixed with selections from Lewis’ press conference in which he discusses the Los Angeles Police Department’s... Topics: KPFA-FM, KPFK-FM, Spoken Word, Sound Poetry, Text-sound compositions
Charles Amirkhanian introduces a program devoted to the experimental sound poetry of Herman Damen, author of “Langer Vers” (Stays Fresh Longer), and editor of “AH! Magazine”. Holland’s leading “verbosonic artist” or “language designer” was interviewed by Amirkhanian in Amsterdam on December 12, 1973, during which he discussed his artistic concepts, and introduced some of his text-sound pieces, most of which were commissioned by Ab van Eyck, the drama producer of the Dutch... Topics: KPFA-FM, Interview, Music, Sound Poetry, Text-sound compositions, Herman Damen
Six text-sound pieces by Larry Wendt, probably recorded in San Jose, around 1978. Born in Napa, California, in 1946, Wendt began experimenting with text-sound composition and musique concrète in the 1970s, and has been a frequent participant and organizer of sound poetry and electronic music festivals and events ever since. He has also written extensively about avant-garde and experimental art including several seminal books on sound poetry written in collaboration with Stephen Ruppenthal. In... Topics: KPFA-FM, Larry Wendt, Text-sound compositions, Sound Poetry, Spoken Word
François Dufrêne, Henri Chopin & Bernard Heidsieck were all pioneers in the field of sound poetry. Working in Paris in the mid 1950s, they developed extraordinary vocal sounds which were mixed electronically to produce poems which sounded rather than meant. Chopin moved to England where he continued to publish a yearly periodical of concrete poetry called “OU.” Dufrene and Heidsieck remained in Paris where they continued to record their works. In this program all three give their... Topics: KPFA-FM, Ode to Gravity Series, Sound Poetry, Interview, Music, Text-Sound Compositions, Modern Art
Encumbered with the rather unwieldy title of “The Unfortunate Diving Duck Trilogy, Part 8: ‘Quality Full of Hard Fact,’” this is an extended audio montage presented by Anthony Gnazzo and friends at 1750 Arch Street in Berkeley CA, and broadcast live on KPFA, on February 25, 1977. In typical Gnazzo fashion this program includes snippets of conversation, old musical standards, electronic and ambient sounds, and general moments of lunacy. Some of the program is devoted to previously... Topics: KPFA-FM, 1250 Arch St, Spoken Word, Sound Poetry, Electro-Acoustic, Electronic, Text-sound...
A series of programs produced by the Independent Composers Association of Los Angeles in cooperation with the Olympics Arts Festival. Six composers were commissioned to create sound works for radio which could be transmitted during the period of the pre-Games Arts Festival in the Los Angeles area and nationally via American Public Radio. Gail Eichenthal introduces each segment. Program 1: A new work by John Cage, completed at the West German Radio in Cologne. “HMCIEX” is the work’s title.... Topics: KPFA-FM, 1984 Olympics, Radio, Music, Text-sound compositions, Electronic music, Electro-acoustic...
Charles Amirkhanian visited with host Grahame Dudley of Radio Adelaide, Australia, on December 1, 2011 (9am-12pm). "Imagine that you were asked to create a 60-second 'commercial' in the form of a work of new music which was to be aired on a European rock station. Furthermore, that the sound of the piece was, in some way, to exemplify the cultural connection between France and the U.S. Via immigration, migration, domination, and through war and peace, the populations of these two nations... Topics: Radio, Music, Interview, Radio Adelaide, Charles Amirkhanian, New music, Electronic music,...
In the late 1970s and early 1980s the Experimental Intermedia Foundation held a series of exciting concerts of avant-garde and electro-acoustic music at Phil Niblock’s loft in the SoHo district of New York City. These concerts were then packaged by Niblock into a series of hour-long radio programs entitled “Concerts by Composers” and distributed to interested radio stations around the United States. This second program in the series features music by Jim Pomeroy, Carles Santos, & Paul... Topics: KPFA-FM, New music, Avant-garde, Electro-acoustic, Electronic music, Poetry, Readings with music,...